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Animal Behavior Majors: You might be interested...

If you are planning on graduating in 2024 (May, August, or December) please mark your calendars and *Save-the-Date* for Friday, May 3, 2024 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm for a reception in the Frangipani Room at the Indiana Memorial Union to celebrate receiving the Animal Behavior Bachelor of Science degree.

To RSVP, please click on this link to fill out a survey to provide information for the reception—it will only take a few minutes:

Please contact Charli Taylor at with any questions.

POSTED: 1/22/2024

DEADLINE: April 15, 2024

The Semliki Chimpanzee Project is now accepting applications for its Primate Behavior and Conservation field course in Uganda. The course dates are June 12-26, 2024. Students can participate on a credit or non-credit basis.

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of Uganda culture, geography and wildlife. They will attend lectures on Ugandan conservation and wildlife by a guest lecturer from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the national parks oversight organization); they will learn about the Ugandan independence and Kampala city history; they will visit the Entebbe Zoo where they will see a wide variety of Ugandan wildlife; they will live in tents in Semliki surrounded by wildlife including warthogs, kob, bushbuck, baboons, chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys and forest elephants; at dusk they will be serenaded by black and white colobus (among the loudest animals on the planet) and during the night they will hear bush babies and owls; they may see a nocturnal potto in the tamarind tree near the toilets; they will visit the famed Queen Elizabeth National Park where they will see wildlife such as millions of Uganda kob as well as elephants, hippos, crocodiles, banded mongoose, vervets, baboons and possibly lions; they will visit local markets in Ntoroko, Karogoto and Fort Portal; at Lake Albert they will see the famous and rare shoebill stork; they will look out over the famed Rift Valley, a mile below them, from the top of the rift escarpment; they will visit a tea plantation and see the harvesting and drying of the famous Ugandan tea (and receive a free sample); they will visit a smallholder family farm to see how self-sustaining families manage to produce their own vegetables, protein and natural products on a family-owned plot of land; they will trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. They will be immersed in Ugandan culture, nature and animals and guided by Ugandans and instructors with decades of experience in Uganda and all of Africa.


For more information and to apply, visit The Semliki Chimpanzee Project Field Course.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Posted 1/31/2024

Deadline: March 30, 2024

Asian Elephants in Context: Animal Behavior and Conservation in Thailand

Summer 2024 Session: June 16-July 12

Course Information

Asian Elephants in Context: Animal Behaviour and Conservation in Thailand is a 4 week field course that offers university students the opportunity to join an ongoing research project studying the behavior and ecology of rewilded Asian elephants in their natural habitat. By promoting a multispecies approach to conservation, this course not only improves outcomes for animals and the environment, but also recognizes the interconnectedness of human health and well-being. In addition to participating in this vital research, students will have the chance to learn from expert staff, mahouts, and community leaders, and gain cultural immersion and language training in Sgaw Karen and Thai. Led by renowned conservation behaviorist Dr. Liv Baker, this program is perfect for students with a passion for biology, ecology, conservation, animal behavior, or animal welfare. Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a difference in the world – apply now for the summer 2024 session, running from June 16 to July 12. Apply using our online application

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Hi Dr. Wellman,

My name is Jada Ryan, and I am reaching out on behalf of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation.


We at AZA are looking to establish a connection with Indiana University’s Animal Behavior program. As an organization, we recognize that the strength of the zoo and aquarium industry is best determined by the knowledge, integrity, and commitment of its members. As such, one of our goals is to enhance the zoo industry by acquiring and retaining the brightest minds.


We recently developed a brochure that outlines the benefits of AZA Student Membership while also providing an overview of the complimentary resources available to students on our website. Of particular significance is the AZA Career Center, a web page wherein students have access to a comprehensive selection of job/internship listings.



Jada Ryan

Program Assistant, Member Services
Association of Zoos & Aquariums
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 710
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3314
(P) (301) 244-3340

Danta is pleased to announce our 2024 field courses in tropical biology. Our courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

As much of our advertising is done by word-of-mouth, we encourage you to spread the word by forwarding this information to students or friends who may be interested in our programs.

For more information, please visit our website at and/or email For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our blog DANTAisms - [].

Conservation and Sustainability in Costa Rica

Summer Session: June 5 -20, 2024;

Program Fee: $2900

Application deadline: May 1, 2024


Course Description:  DANTA Blog

Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation

Date: July 11 - 26, 2024

Program fee: $2900

Application deadline: May 1, 2024

Course Description: DANTA Blog


Field Excursion
All courses include a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation and dolphin and snorkeling trip of the Golfo Dulce. We will stay overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission. 


DANTA: Association for Conservation of the Tropics

185 Cascade Drive

Huntington, WV 25705 USA


Mad 4 My Dog is looking for interns for the fall and spring semesters. We offer dog training, bathing, daycare, retail sales, & in-home pet sitting. Our interns help with training classes and daycare primarily, as well as facility cleanup and class prep. You will get to experience a ton of animal behavior principles implemented in a practical way with clients and their dogs. Please email a resume to Madalyn at

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Fellowship, Scholarship, + Award Deadlines

The Program in Animal Behavior awards two summer study scholarships up to $750 each year to aid outstanding Animal Behavior majors at IU Bloomington with the costs of summer field courses, internships, or research experiences in fields relevant to the study of animal behavior. These awards help to defray costs of travel and fees for these experiences. Deadline is April 10th of each year. 

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Alex Black was an outstanding student who received her B.S. degree in Animal Behavior in 2018. She was committed to social justice, strongly advocating for mental health and domestic violence awareness. She was also passionate about her work with animals, spending hundreds of hours on internships both during her undergraduate career and after graduation. The Alex Black Memorial Scholarship was established by Alex’s family to honor Alex’s memory and helps to support students in the Animal Behavior program while they complete summer internships.

Two $2500 scholarships are awarded per year, and all students pursuing a B.S. degree in Animal Behavior are eligible to apply. Deadline is April 10th of each year.

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Goodson Prize for Art in Science

Dr. Jim Goodson was a vibrant member of the CISAB community. In addition to being a consummate neuroscientist and critical thinker, Jim was also extraordinarily gifted at capturing the beauty of his science via images, of both his study subjects and his histological material. The Goodson Prize for Art in Science recognizes outstanding research images from CISAB members that are not just scientifically meaningful but are also beautiful. Winning images are showcased both in the CISAB house and on our website.

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To recognize some of our many outstanding Animal Behavior majors, CISAB Undergraduate Curriculum Committee has established a new award for Excellence in Thesis Research in Animal Behavior.


CISAB Graduate Scholars are outstanding IU graduate students who exemplify an integrative approach to the study of animal behavior through their research, teaching and other professional activities. Awards range from summer support up to 10 months of stipend support. To apply for CISAB funding, applicants must be CISAB members. Join CISAB

All materials (including letters from references) must be submitted by February 15, 2024 by 4 pm Eastern.

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CTRD NIH Pre-doctoral Trainees are outstanding IU graduate students whose integrative research interests focus on behavior and physiology in humans and other animals and will address key questions in three related themes: (1) Developmental contributions to reproductive behavior; (2) Origins and expression of differences among the sexes; and (3) Interactions between sex, health, and disease. Awards are for 12 months of stipend support and include a small allowance for research expenses and travel. CTRD Trainees MUST be citizens, non-citizen nationals or permanent residents of the US.

All materials (including letters from references) must be submitted by February 12, 2024 by 4 pm Eastern.

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CISAB founding member William J. Rowland was devoted to the study of animal behavior, and a strong advocate for mentoring and training undergraduates in research, particularly undergraduates who were in one way or another disadvantaged in their opportunities to get research experience. The Bill Rowland Mentoring Award was established in Bill’s memory to recognize graduate students who have served as outstanding research mentors to undergraduates. Recommendations are due in February each year.

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Established in memory of Hanna Kolodziejski, a remarkable graduate student in CISAB and the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior program in Biology, this fellowship is an annual award for a graduate student who, like Hanna, shows academic talent in both research and teaching, and who demonstrates a commitment to the community through service or outreach programs. The fellowship is open to all CISAB and Biology graduate students, with a preference given to members of CISAB and Evolution, Ecology & Behavior (EEB) students. Recommendations are due in February each year.

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